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Vitalik Buterin transfers ETH to Coinbase again – Why?

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Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin recently transferred 100 ETH tokens worth $180,500 to Coinbase.

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  • Vitalik Buterin transferred 600 ETH worth $1 million to the exchange in mid-August as well.
  • Buterin has deposited 3,700 ETH worth $6.12 million to Coinbase, Bitstamp, Paxos since 17 September.

Ethereum [ETH] co-founder Vitalik Buterin was again in the news as he transferred 100 ETH tokens to the Coinbase [COIN] exchange.

Source: Etherscan


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Given ETH’s price at the time of writing, Buterin’s latest ETH transfer stood at $180,500. At press time, ETH was trading at $1,805—a rise of nearly 18% over a fortnight.

Source: ETH/USD, TradingView

Since Buterin’s token transfers have always generated a lot of noise, it was no different this time too.

A crypto enthusiast on X speculated that Buterin might use these funds to hold RATIO tokens.

This isn’t the first time the Ethereum co-founder has made a transfer to Coinbase. In mid-August, Buterin transferred 600 ETH worth $1 million to the exchange.

As for Coinbase, it was facing regulatory scrutiny in the US at the hands of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). In early June, the regulator sued the exchange for allegedly violating securities laws. On Nasdaq, it was trading at $76.62.

Source: COIN, Nasdaq

So far, Buterin has deposited 3,700 ETH worth $6.12 million to Coinbase, Bitstamp, and Paxos since 17 September.

Source: Spotonchain

Transfers only for donations?

While we are yet to know the exact reason behind the latest transfer, there is a possibility of Buterin committing to another selloff. But, there is again the possibility of him making the transfer for a single-time sale only.

Buterin claimed last month that he hasn’t sold any of his ETH holdings for personal gain since 2018.

“It’s almost always me donating to some charity or nonprofit or other project, and the recipient selling because, well, they have to cover expenses.”


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In April 2022, Buterin donated $5 million in ETH donations as humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

It will be interesting to observe if the latest ETH transfer has any implications for the crypto market amid a bull run.

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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